underworld

noun

un·​der·​world ˈən-dər-ˌwərld How to pronounce underworld (audio)
1
: the place of departed souls : hades
2
archaic : earth
3
: the side of the earth opposite to one : antipodes
4
: a social sphere below the level of ordinary life
the town's seedy underworld
especially : the world of organized crime

Examples of underworld in a Sentence

a magazine article taking an insightful look at the underworld inhabited by street people
Recent Examples on the Web In the work, Saar collaborates with poet Samiya Bashir to create a visual simile between the contamination of Flint, Michigan’s water source and the five rivers of the Greek mythological underworld. Sarah Murphy, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 By bringing these two characters together, contrasting their personalities and goals, Infinite Wealth is able to further explore these figures and their status in the series’ version of the Japanese underworld. Reid McCarter, WIRED, 29 Jan. 2024 By the late 1970s, the Guzmán clan had emerged as a rising force in the Sinaloa drug underworld. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 Upcoming series include Dope Girls, a drama about a female crime boss in the London underworld, and the plane thriller Red Eye, starring Richard Armitage. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Oct. 2023 The surveys revealed a mysterious underworld, confirming the presence of a large void under the sacristy that extended to the west and northwest. Franz Lidz Meghan Dhaliwal, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2023 Though arrests had been made in the case, the painting remained stuck in the void of the criminal underworld, being passed around like a nuclear hot potato ever since. María Luisa Paúl, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2023 Fans have waited a decade for Rockstar Games‘ latest descent into the criminal underworld, Grand Theft Auto VI, and with anticipation now at a fever pitch, the studio has finally dropped the first short trailer on Monday. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 4 Dec. 2023 The book is set in the years after World War II when Babe — named for and based on Kyles’ grandfather, who served in France during the war — has returned home to a world in which the only arena for his talents is the criminal underworld. Kate Tuttle, Peoplemag, 10 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underworld was in 1598

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“Underworld.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underworld. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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underworld

noun
un·​der·​world ˈən-dər-ˌwərld How to pronounce underworld (audio)
1
: the place of the souls of the dead
2
: the side of the earth opposite to one
3
: the world of organized crime

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